Monday, 19 December 2011
In the Loop Review
Overall, this movie is very sound technically. I already mentioned it was nominated for an Oscar. And, given its reliance on dialogue, the writing has to be rock solid to hold the viewers' interest. It is also very well acted. From the main characters to the ones that are only on the screen briefly, they all provide strong performances with nobody really standing out and dominating. It is very much an ensemble piece. That makes it seem even more real because the characters are all supposed to be "behind the scenes" members of the government. Sadly, though, in trying to capture the realism, they decided to go with shaky camera work in an attempt to make you feel like you are moving with them. When will film makers realize that this simply does not work. The viewers' eyes cannot anticipate where the camera is going to move and adjust accordingly like it does in real life. The only result is irritation and nausea for most people.
But, that's really the only drawback of the film. See it. It is a very well done piece of intelligent humour.